Going lighter to hide gray hair???

posted 12 months ago in Beauty
Post # 16
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Helper bee

sugarcloud :  It took about a year to get to the lightness I wanted.  I did it gradually.  At first, I hardly even noticed anything.  For me it was best because it wasn’t a jarring change, and I was able to add as I felt comfortable.

I agree with a PP that the key is to go to a really good colorist.  I’ve had two in the past three years.  I had to switch due to a move.  I researched both heavily on yelp, and paid a little more to go to someone good.  My first colorist was the one who told me I should go strawberry blonde when I asked her opinion.  She was completely correct.  The color really suits me, and is actually nicer than my natural color.  Sometimes the best thing is to go with what a good colorist recommends.  

Its annoying to have to pay for your natural hair color.  (I was super resentful of the fact that I had gone grey so young.)  Somehow I feel better paying for a color that isn’t my “natural” one, but is more flattering.

I’m surprised so many people’s hair has gotten so damaged doing highlights.  My hair is very fine and very long, and I’ve never had an issue.  I just use a good conditioner, and occassionally deep condition at home.  Perhaps using a better colorist helps?

Post # 17
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Bumble bee

I had chemically lightened hair for many years both through highlights & base lifts.  My hair health was always fine.  It’s never a cut & dry answer like “don’t do it, it will fry your hair, all mine fell out after highlights!”.  All hair Is different, some can take more abuse than other hair and some stylists are better skilled than other stylists and some of the products and techniques they use are superior to others.  

For me, yes, lighter hair hides incoming grays better.  And not just lighter hair, but hair with contrasting highlights/tones & dimension.   That said, getting and acheiving the right tone when lifting requires some skill & sometimes trial & error.  Some dark hair is very stubborn with pulling orangey/brassy.  So that could end up being an ongoing problem in place of lacking coverage with dark. And one that is more expensive.  

I like lighter hair on me but as I’ve gotten older it pulls more orange so I took a break from it and went darkish brown with some highlights painted in mid level because I dislike solid block color on my hair texture.  And yeah, greys show more/quicker. But mine comes in kinda patchy so I’m able to part it in ways to hide it between salon visits.

If you’re interested in trying out lighter hair than you should, change is fun and you might love it.  Just be sure to work with a good stylist and commmunucate with them with pictures and how much maintenance you are comfortable with.

 

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

I started going gray in high school!!! My natural color is a medium-dark Brown. I also pull red soooooo easy so I don’t do my own highlights but I’ll do all over color or root touch ups myself. I’m a Stay-At-Home Mom now, but when I was working I had to go every 7 weeks to make sure they Gray was covered. I found highlights or balayage worked the best to camo it in between colorings. All over color doesn’t work except for the first 2 weeks, if that! 

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

OP, what is your natural color?  Mine is a dirty blonde.  Based on my sister’s hair I’m certain I’ve got some gray coming in, but don’t notice it at this point because I have lighter highlights that bring my hair more into the blonde family (and also have my stylist do a base bump which blends the roots better into the highlights).  I do think that when highlights are done right it’s less glaring when your roots go in.  It’s definitely an investment but for me it’s worth it because I love the color of my highlights and I’ve found a nice balance with my stylist between shades that are flattering and grow in well.  My hair doesn’t feel damaged, but I also splurge on rich shampoo/conditioner and minimize how often I wash and heat style.

Post # 20
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816 posts
Busy bee

I think silver grey is actually in fashion at the moment, so maybe you could use a hair dye to silver your hair then just let it go like that?? 

Post # 21
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I just use Clairol Natural Instincts semi permanent color in a shade of blonde to turn my grey hairs into highlights. It’s actually good for your hair. L’Oreal also has a spray that lasts only until your next shampoo. You can use that for a part line, or the edges of your hairline.

https://www.lorealparis.ca/en/products/hair-colour/spotlight/root-cover-up

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018 - City, State

im a level 7/8 brown naturally and Ibe been blonde 3 times.

also red purple black ginger and pink.

My hair is in grrat condition. I did alot of home dyes and fried it a bunch but 5 years ago took to a hair dresser (this is when i went blonde, pink, ginger, balayage etc) and my hair is in fabulous condition and grown the longest I’ve ever achieved. 

we used things like olaplex toto protect my hair. I wash it once a week and use a leave in conditioner and heat protectant.

i have red in my hair base so I was toning alot and this never seemed to cause extra damage. 

 

It already sounds like you are doing alot of dying. To go lighter you will need a few sessions to tackle all the build up of the box dyes (they are awful to cut through) but then it will be regrowth and toners depending on how much red you naturally throw, plus any water conditions (when i was blonde rhe area and ilived in had alot of copperin the water).

look up a good blonde specialist hairdresser in your area and have a consultation:) !!! if you do blonde right it’s not awful πŸ™‚

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

If you’re scared about damage, find a salon that uses Olaplex. 

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018 - City, State

sugarcloud :  make sure you get olaplex/curaplex treatment (comes with at home product too) when the hairdresser lightens – it serisousky saves life! πŸ™‚ 

Post # 29
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

sugarcloud :  You can’t color brown hair blonde with just a semi permanent color as there is no bleaching invoved. The dye only covers hair color that is lighter- in my case grey. You end up with whatever shade of brown your hair is with blonder highights.

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